The principal tasks of the Norwegian Home Guard are to safeguard territorial integrity, protect important infrastructure, support national crisis management, strengthen the military presence and provide support to civil society.
The Home Guard is divided into 4 regions, 11 districts and 241 areas covering all of Norway. In addition to this, there are 15 rapid forces consisting of specially selected, trained and equipped personell which can respond and deploy quickly.
With its local knowledge, the Home Guard is an important connection between the Armed Forces and civil society.
The Commander of the Home Guard is responsible for force production and to man the Home Guard's war structure, making use of the territorial district staffs, schools and competence centres for this purpose. The Chief is supported by the Home Guard Staff based at Terningmoen in Elverum. The current Chief of the Home Guard is Major General Eirik Kristoffersen.
- 11 territorial district staffs
- Naval Home Guard Command, Haakonsvern
- 11 rapid-reaction intervention forces capable of rapid response in securing objects of vital importance, surveillance and resisting intrusion
- 220 Land Home Guard areas with capabilities similar to those of the intervention forces. The areas have a longer reaction time but greater endurance than the intervention forces
- 4 Naval Home Guard intervention forces with a rapid reaction capability for maritime surveillance and control
- 17 Naval Home Guard areas with capabilities in maritime surveillance and control. The areas have a longer reaction time but greater endurance than the intervention forces
- 7 Air Force Home Guard areas with capabilities for the base defence of Air Stations and other air defence installations. They are integrated with 7 of the Land Home Guard intervention forces.
- Scania trucks and Mercedes field vehicles
- Snow mobiles and motorcycles
- 6 small multipurpose vessels
- Section weapons such as the 12.7 mm semi-automatic anti-materiel rifle and the Carl Gustav recoilless anti-armour weapon
- Personal weapons including HK 416, HK 417 and AG-3 assault rifles
Education and training centres:
- The Home Guard Training Centre, Dombås, with a subsidiary establishment, the Home Guard Officer Candidate School, at Porsangmoen